The Indian Super League (ISL) has had its fair share of ups and downs throughout its ten years. Since its inception in 2014, the ISL has gifted football fans with a huge number of goals, exceptional skills, impeccable creativity, and a whole lot of passion.

Amidst all the records that were broken thus far in the ongoing season of the ISL, Jamshedpur FC midfielder Jeremy Manzorro has enlisted himself in the elite list of players who have bagged two freekick goals in a single match in the ISL, following Manuel Lanzarote, Manuel Onwu and Greg Stewart. 

The Frenchman further became only the second player to score direct freekicks in back-to-back matches, with former Chennaiyin FC forward Elano Blumer being the only other player to have achieved this remarkable feat in the league. 

But, he still has time to get into the list of top players with the most set-piece goals. 

Each team has developed their own strategy to make the best out of a set-piece situation with Odisha FC relying mostly on corners, thanks to Mourtada Fall's towering headers, whereas teams like Bengaluru FC, Jamshedpur FC, and East Bengal FC depend heavily on freekicks owing to the presence of Sunil Chhetri and Javi Hernandez, Manzorro and Cleiton Silva, respectively. 

With Matchweek 20 reigniting the spark of the ISL 2023-24 season on March 30, 2024, let’s take a look at the top five players who have bagged the most goals from set pieces in ISL history.

Cleiton Silva (18 goals)

Cleiton Silva has been the most influential player for East Bengal FC this season, bagging seven goals and two assists in his 18 matches. The Brazilian maestro had been in India since 2020 and found the back of the net on 35 occasions, accompanied by 10 assists. Representing Bengaluru FC and East Bengal FC in the ISL, the 37-year-old has scored 18 times from set-pieces. 

Roy Krishna (19 goals)

The Fijian forward currently stands second on the list of top scorers for the ongoing league season with 12 goals (same as first-placed Dimitrios Diamantakos) and an assist in 18 matches. Representing ATK FC, Mohun Bagan SG, Bengaluru FC, and Odisha FC, Krishna has totalled 54 goals and 24 assists in 100 appearances. When part of a set-piece, the 36-year-old has 19 goals to his name. Krishna is only the third player in ISL history who has managed to cross the 50-goal benchmark, following Sunil Chhetri and Bartholomew Ogbeche. In the ISL 2019-20 season, he led ATK FC to their third ISL Cup win, taking home the Hero of the League (Best Player of the Tournament) in the following season. 

Mourtada Fall (19 goals)

When it comes to scoring goals as a defender, the two-time ISL winner stands tall with 20 goals and five assists to his name so far in the league. The Senegalese center-back has bagged a remarkable 19 of those 20 goals from set-piece situations while donning the jerseys of FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, and Odisha FC. 

Sunil Chhetri (24 goals)

The Bengaluru FC captain has been arguably the greatest ever Indian player to have stepped on the football pitch. In 152 league games, he registered a humongous 60 goals and 11 assists representing Mumbai City FC and the Blues, bagging himself an ISL Cup and a Hero of the League (Best Player of the Tournament award) in the process. Chhetri has bagged 24 of those goals from set-pieces. This season, the 39-year-old has scored on four occasions, while assisting thrice. 

Bartholomew Ogbeche (27 goals)

The two-time ISL Cup winner and an ISL winner, Ogbeche, had been a nightmare for the goalkeepers during his tenure in India. The Nigerian has found the back of the net 63 times, assisting on nine occasions, in his 98 appearances, where he donned the jerseys of NorthEast United FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Mumbai City FC and Hyderabad FC within a span of five years. Ogbeche is the player with the highest number of goals scored from set-pieces registering 27 goals from such situations. Ogbeche bagged himself the Golden Boot (Top Scorer of the Season award) in the ISL 2021-22 season.